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been set aside from the budget to finance a high- speed rail projects throughout the united states. our next guest studies that as far as the rails concerned and what it does for job creation. his with the american transportation association and we will have that topic after this. >> american judge can be enclosed for spreading good will overseas debts >> i think so. over there, it is like a religion. they go over there and they live it. >> he was without question, the single most important figure in just in the 20th-century. >> q a date sunday on his biography on louis armstrong. >> to night, the history of executive power from george washington to george w. bush. this is part of our book tv weekend, on c-span 2. >> listen to cspan radio in washington at 90.1 fm. it is also if reapplication for your iphone. >> "washington journal" continues. host: our guest is the vice president for policy at the american transportation society. what does your association do text guest: they are at association of all the public transportation systems in the country and affiliated interests going back t
, the largest loss of life in the history of the united nations on a single day. the united states has been there from the beginning, and the military has been great, the response by the state department and aid has been great. i just can't say enough about it, and the people in haiti know it, and i'm grateful. secondly, i'd like to thank president bush for agreeing to do this and for the concern he showed for haiti. you know, before this happened, my foundation worked with the pepfar people on the aids problems in haiti and i saw how great they were and what they did and how many lives they saved. finally, let me say that i don't have to read the website because they did, but i want to say something about this. right now, all we need to do is get food and medicine and water and a secure place for them to be, but when we start the rebuilding effort, we want to do what i did with the president's father in the tsunami area. we want to be a place where people can know their money will be well spent, where we will ensure the ongoing integrity of the process. and we want to stay with this over t
the rhetoric. >> do you think, mr. murray, that barack obama, the president of the united states, his being in boston, him being up there on the stump, is that going to help? is that really going to wake up those who might think, wait a minute, we've got to go vote on news. >> i think it does. it brings attention to how important this race is. and what is at stake. literally the agenda of the president. you showed senator kennedy and he's someone who is strong in his beliefs and fought for it. but he also was able to reach out to the no child left behind and in certain areas. isn't it unfortunate that other americans haven't been able to offer that compromise that senator kennedy offered to former president george bush on issues of education and other types of things? we've got a republican minority that is really trying to obstruct the will of the voters and no one knows more about this than you do. where does the middle class and pushing all of the same rhetoric that dick cheney and george bush did for so many years? >> barack obama hasn't done anything to eliminate the middle class in ma
presidents of the united states, bill clinton and george w. bush. we've watched the sunday shows so you don't have to. we'll break it all down with james carvel and mary madeline and the best political team on television. "state of the union" sound of sunday for january 17th. president obama's point man for the humanitarian crisis acknowledges complaints from search and rescue teams and medical organizations saying they can't get clooerns to fly in. dr. rah jooef shaw says balancing the need for boots on the ground with the dire shortage of food, water and medicine. >> we have 30 teams from around the world on the ground, approximately 30 teams. each of those teams is 70-plus individuals. they have dogs and assets and specialized equipment. they work around the clock. our teams from the u.s. were the first teams to get in. they set aup center that allowed the others to know where to go and work in a more coordinated way. you always want more and we have sa number of teechls on standby in the united states. we were told by the haitian government that we need to balance the degree of that ver
barrier, for these issues. in the united states we have the high-paying jobs here in the united states. host: how can this be done? caller: i am not certain about how you can do this. it seems that corporate america would rather pay the lower costs, then keeping the labor here in the united states. the government may be able to find a way to keep these jobs here in the united states. host: thank you very much. the "richmond times dispatch." they have a report on the comeback of the stock market, and how the seemed unimaginable. that is one take on the economy. baltimore, you are up right now. how are you doing? caller: i would say the number one policy issue for me is afghanistan. and there is the economy and jobs. i have done quite a bit of reading. this is reminding me of vietnam. i think that this is taking so many resources from the country and it will be hard to address any other problem. we are approaching this in the middle east, and this is not helping to solve the problems over there. more money should be devoted to domestic problems. i would like to see a lot done with public
to establish a good relationship with the president of the united states because the united states is so a important to our vital interests, economic, security interests. they are our best ally and closest neighbor. they are our very best friend in the world as well and we should not forget that. we have established a good relationship. we have been working to align our approach is on a number of economic and environmental issues. i enjoy working with president obama. i do not envy him. his challengers are much greater than mine. they have so many more global responsibilities dain canada but the problems with the economy, health care, you name it, there frankly so much more. i do not envy his position. as i have said to my american friends, we are here to try and be helpful while protecting our own interests. >> you were recently in china. let's get your perception of the premier who seemed to give you a dressing down for taking so long to come. they are in very powerful players. when was your perception? >> we attend international summits quite regularly and i have had a chance to have
on iran might precipitate a wider third war for the united states in the greater middle eastnd we couldn't afford that. we thought the smartest strategy was to build up sanctions, sport for sanctions against iran and we'll see that, i think, play out in real life over the next couple of months. we wanted to shine a bright light and a stronger light on the human-rights abuses of the iranian government. we wanted to draw a military cordon around iran to contain it and the united states, i think, is in a good position to do that. and we wanted to play for the long-term because we wanted... we didn't want to do anything that would movement in iran and we thought the early use of force might effectively kill that opposition movement. and so in playing for the long term, we assume that there is some kind of solution here short of the use of u.s. military force. that is the hand we played that happens to be my own view as well. >> rose: all right. let me go to gary, the iranian hand. which has been influenced, obviously, by the political turmoil after the election. was that factored in or did t
resistence did you run into trying to accomplish it? >> well, charlie, we felt that the united states was actually in better shape now than it was a year ago. president obama, we felt, had done more to advance the agenda because he has essentially put the iranians on the defenve. and the iranians are more isolated now than they were when president obama was negotiating. so we were playing for the long term in the simulated game. the american team that i lead was trying to position all of our friends and partners to put greater pressure on the iranians. we wanted very much to avoid an early israeli use of force because while we are very sympathetic, of course, to the israeli predictment, we felt that an israeli attack on iran might precipitate a wider third war for the united states in the greater middle east and we couldn't afford that. we thought the smartest strategy was to build up sanctions, sport for sanctions against iran and we'll see that, i think, play out in real life over the next couple of months. we wanted to shine a bright light and a stronger light on the human-rights a
you are president of the united states. that doesn't work when you come into washington d.c. and you have people like nancy pelosi and harry reid and politicians on the hill that will call your-- claw your eyes out if you stand still. he has not asserted himself. he has not been the barack obama of iowa. i keep waiting for the barack obama of iowa. >> rose: what was the barack obama of iowa reasons barack obama of iowa was a guy that reached out to republicans and to independents who would come in to me, when we were going around iowa doing our show there during the caucus saying you know what, this guy isn't wedded to all of those fights and those ideaological battles that bill clinton and hillary clinton and george w. bush fought from 1968 on. he's going to take us forward. the problem is he has turned his presidency over, over the past year, to people whose political careers were framed that way. i think he's going to have to stop being the law professor, start being the leader. i think he's going to start being more lbj. >> rose: back to you for health care, adam. is health-care
mcdonnell, do solomnly swear, that i will support the constitution of the united states, and the constitution of the commonwealth of virginia, and that i will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties incumbent up on me as governor of the commonwealth of virginia, according to the best of my ability, so help me god. [ cheers and applause ] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] >> members and guests, please be seated. i have the honor to present to the sovereign people of virginia the new governor of the commonwealth, his excellencey, robert francis mcdonnell. [cheers and applause] >> well, that is a lot of people there. kind of like one of your fundraisers. thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you! [cheers and applause] >> thank you! thank you so much for the incredible honor that you bestowed on me. thank you, mr. speaker, lieutenant governor bowling, attorney general, members of the general assembly, distinguished guests from around the world and across the country, family and friends, fellow virginians and americans. g
the united states to have at least one corridor of substantial length that's served by a japanese or a european-style high-speed railroad? >> i think it's important that first off we wait and see what is applied for. you know, obviously i can't start commenting on what we're going to do until applications come forward and are weighed, you know, graded and then approved but clearly again i think we understand the need to ensure that we have very tangible, very, you know, substantial successes. and, you know, clearly again our vision is to follow the model of what the europeans have advanced. you know, keep in mind, when when the system in spain first opened up, you know, again ms. fleming talked about how essentially they begin with one trunk line, they did. they began with their one trunk line. essentially it was six to eight trains a day run being 125 miles an hour and from that they were so successful that they incrementally made the improvements that got them to roughly 20 trains a day at speeds of 200 miles an hour. so this is going to take a buildout, you know, a buildout muc
that united states wanted out of vietnam and would not mind if they've lost on the battlefield and would not mind if a vietnam went communist. this is a point* where we have 550,000 troops in the country and be a no. i can assure you none of those 530,000 that the commander in chief said it is okay if we lose the war the reason why it nixon thought it would be 0k which she thought he had already lost was two achieve more detente with the soviet union and felt that was the overriding goal the superpowers must find a way to exist as peacefully court with other configuration but this was on par with the belief in that expressed in articles and foreign affairs in 1967 with speeches to the republican conventions and the movers and shakers clubs and just prior to that, it is not possible to isolate 1 billion chinese and have a say in a world in the future. it is very difficult for us to say he was wrong about that. i think he was quite effectively correct but the problem was he also felt that the same time you could not have an open at three and discussion of these issues and expect to come ou
strikes me so strongly about that, to suggest that the president of the united states would then come out and try to use this in some domestic political sense and was somehow favoring -- i'm not sure of the logic, he favored the 500,000 dead in haiti over the one bomber injured in detroit in some way. i'm not following it. >> it makes no sense. and, you know, aren't we all appalled that our president would mount a rescue effort to try to save thousands, tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of people who are either dying right now or who will die in the next few days if they don't get help? you know, shame on the president for trying to alleviate that suffering and prevent those deaths. it's just a ridiculous thing to say. and i hope even his audience of dittoheads realizes that. >> you are dittoing naked, mad, insanity, and racism. eugene robinson, pulitzer prize-winning columnist of "the washington post," and also of msnbc, always a relief to talk to you under these circumstances. >> it's good to talk to you, except under bad circumstances. >> thank you, sir. that's "countdown.
that secretary of state hillary clinton is in fact heading back to the united states with some 50 americans on board. you will remember our coverage earlier here on fox, the u.s. coast guard in fact flying her in on one of the aircraft this afternoon where she was to meet with the president of haiti and the prime minister. bringing aid to embassy workers in need of food and water and more aid to haiti. now we're getting word that the secretary of state hillary clinton leaving haiti, so a short visit there and taking some 50 americans with her. the mite of generosity will be bound by two former commander in chiefs. president clinton and president bush accepting the invitation to lead private measure and president obama saying the enlistment of his predecessor is inspired by the success of the relief effort after the 2004 tsunami that struck asia. clinton and g.h.w. bush headed that. despite the haiti tragedy, president bush and clinton today also focussing on the country's future prospects. >> there is just an unbelievable spirit amongst the haitian people. while the earthquake destroyed a l
room of the white house. the president of the united states is going to be coming out in the next couple of minute, and he is going to be giving a very important statement. if you are the president of the united states, and over the last week and a half, you have been hammered by the press over the way members of your administration have handled the incident in detroit on christmas day. what do you do? what to you do? think about this. you change the subject. that is what you do. you make sure that people start to talk now about jobs, and about your effort to try to improve the economy for all americans. that is what we expect that the ptd of the united states is going to attempt to do today. looking at the monitor, i see the president still has not come out, so we will go to the white house with ed henry who is our white house correspondent, and he is following things for us. so what do we expect the president to talk about, ed? >> well, rick, he is going to be talking about spending more of the stimulus money on what he likes to call clean energy jobs to turn around what is an a
space. something that the united states can do here that no one else can do, this is now a naval operation. the united states navy is going to have to project themselves and try to help that way. but it is reminiscent of really depressing and sad pictures, but it's also the human factor. these are really hard operations. there is a reason the military is so large and often inefficient. and anyone with any experience of large organizations, there are sclerotic moments and that leads to people dying. >> there is a story out that president obama may be writing "newsweek's" cover story? >> yes. >> it's been a rough week. we haven't had anybody filing on time. federal office holders apparently have a hard time. the president is writing an essay for "newsweek" about why haiti matters. right now, we're in the middle of a very familiar and good ritual in american life. responding to the vivid, televised images of a terrible tragedy. we are texting money. the outpouring has begun, but what it will be like in ten days, what will it be like in a month? i promise you won't be talking about i
of state hillary clinton meets with the 18th president. she assured that the united states would bring medical supplies and food and continue to help with rescue efforts. this is about 10 minutes. >> the press conference will be very difficult because of the noise of the motors. i think mrs. clinton for her visit, which shows, once again, her interest and support for haiti. since the earthquake, president obama has clearly stated how much help the united states and other countries should give to haiti. the last initiative of putting the two last proceeding presidents together to form a fund is, again, a sign of great support. the u.s. aid is already on the territory. i just visited a victim who has been, since five days, taken care of by the military and american medical support in haiti. mrs. clinton's visit really warms our heart today, but especially to reassure the priorities and needs and the coordination and needs to be done since the earthquake. i will not talk on behalf of mrs. clinton, i will let her express what the american government wants to do towards haiti. >> first, --
will be checking in with haiti's ambassador in the united states. lots more breaking news coverage coming up here in "the situation room." years from now, how will we look back on today? as the great recession? or as the recession that made us great? allstate has seen twelve recoveries. but this one's different. because we're different. we realized our things are not as important... as the future we're building with the ones we love. protect yours. put it... in good hands. ♪ ♪ wellbeing. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nuture it in your cat... with a full family of excellent nutrition... and helpful resources. ♪ purina cat chow. share a better life. >>> here is a fresh look at the 7.0 earthquake. at the moment it struck haiti, tuesday, 48 hours or so ago, weather developments this hour. president obama's now promising $100 million in immediate aid from the united states. a huge challenge for the obama administration getting americans out of the country and getting aid in. about 160 americans have been evacuated so far. several hundred more are set to go. aid pilots are
. and they are a critical source of support for north korean defectors in south iraq and in the united states. the roughly 100 north koreans in the united states are receiving help from corian and non-corian christian churches. -- korean and non-korean christian churches. i think that christians play an important role. >> we will try to squeeze in a few more questions. >> peter, thank you for your kind words. you mentioned the exchange-rate issue in german unification. any economist would say that the exchange rate policy that was settled upon by the german government hyde -- made no rational sense whatsoever, but there were powerful political crash -- but pressures of work -- powerful political pressures at work. what do you see the pressures of work on that issue when it comes time for the koreas to unify? who you think will be the contending forces? -- who do you think will be the contending forces? >> that is another really good question that i have not really started to consider. i will just give you a top of the head answer. given that trade unions are really only present at the top table, i think
that determination. >> finally, the 9/11 commission had said among the recommendations that the united states should attack terrorists and their organizations, root out sanctuaries utilizing every element of national power. do you believe that this applies to yemen now as well where we're seeing a growing increasing -- >> i think that's a good question, suzanne. and the president has, in fact, in the past, launched attacks in coordination with, we think, with the yemeni government, which is not the most robust government on the planet to say the least. but we have seen such action and the president has, again, reiterated his commitment to seek out those who have struck against us. perhaps this was, in fact, blowback for earlier attempts to get alaki and other individuals who we know are in yemen and sponsoring terrorism. >> thank you so much for joining us here in the "morning express." . >> always a pleasure. >> the airline bombing suspect allegedly hid explosives in his underwear. can the latest high tech scanner spot such weapons? we'll take a look. and president obama gets criticism from within
. this is not a green light for haitians to try to get to the united states now. keep in mind, their country is devastated. so it's a prospect that has a whole lot of possibility to try to improve their lives. but the secretary of homeland security saying do not try to get into the united states because tps will not apply to you if you arrive in the united states post-earthquake, you will be detained and you will be sent back to haiti. for the estimated 1 to 200,000 haitian nationals who had no legal documentation basically living here illegally for the past number of years, those people will be allowed now to stay. they can get driver's licenses, they can get work visas and they can enjoy some assistance from the federal government. but instead of having to rely on their family and friends for support and money, hoping they can turn something in and maybe tps will be granted and waiting for the eventuality of being deported has come to a halt, at least for the next 18 months when it will come up for renewal or dismissal. >> we had a state representative from florida on the air here within t
him in this effort. a lot of activity in the united states as this effort to mobilize moves forward. in florida, the vice president will travel with the secretary of state of homeland security, janet napolitano. visiting the haitian-american community there, and also an air base serving as a staging area for a lot of the relief effort, and in haiti, secretary of state hillary clinton herself now on her way to haiti. she intends to meet with the president there. rene preval. ed pret finally spoke with him yesterday by telephone after two unsuccessful attempts in the aftermath of the earthquake. an illustration how difficult communications have been and getting through to haiti itself, alex. >> nbc, thanks, mike. >>> and george w. bush and bill clinton will let you know how you can help. check local nbc listings. >>> as we've reported, there are between 2 million and 3 million people right now in need of food, water, shelter and health care. nbc news chief science correspondent robert bazell joins us live from port-au-prince. with another good day to you, let's get things from you in
the disaster zone to the united states. plus, as rescue crews pull more victims from the rubble, food and water remain in short supply. even as president obama offers prayers for haitian victims today, he's keeping an eye on u.s. politics. why a trip to massachusetts could make a difference between getting his health care reform passed or watching it fail. hello, you are watching hln news and views. i'm melissa long. there is a top official leading the u.s. relief efforts in haiti saying issues of violence are hurting rescue attempts to help the victims. while the streets have been largely calm, violence is increasing. about 1,000 u.s. troops are in haiti and about 3,000 others are working from ships. more than 12,000 u.s. forces are expected to be there tomorrow. they are working with local police force and they're beginning to work with security. violence in haiti will continue long after the story fades from the headlines. president obama speaks about how faith gets people through these tough times. >> it's faith that keeps me calm. it's faith that gives me peace. the same faith that leads a
of more attacks on the united states and praises suspected terrorist u man farouk abdulmutallab, calling him, quote, a hero fighter. the white house says it cannot confirm as of yet the awe thoantivity of this tape we will be live at the white house with the latest. good morning, molly. >> reporter: the tape is not authenticated but officials tell us there's never been a fake tape from the terrorist leader, a u.s. official tells us that osama bin laden appears to be trying to attach himself to the underwear bombing operation, calling suspect u man farouk abdulmutallab a hero. al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula took responsibility for that bombing on christmas day, but the intelligence community doesn't think that the central al-qaeda group necessarily gives orders to al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula, that they may have shared ideology but they don't necessarily cooperate tactically. now, in the tape, bin laden also says that america can never dream of living in peace unless there is peace in palestine. >> it is unfair that you enjoy a safe life while our brothers in gaza suffer greatly.
, but it needs to change in the entire united states as well. remember reverend right? he tried to explain this to america. republicans, you know what i was always taught? you call people liars, but i was always taught that it takes one to no one. go to your church and talked your creatures, who are not giving you the right training as far as how you should be as a person in america. thank you. host: news from the associated press, "bill gates is planning to give $10 billion to research vaccines over the next decade. also, there is a report that a osama bin laden, in a new video -- audio tape, has called for the world to abandon the u.s. dollar, blaming industrialized companies -- countries for global warming. the numbers are out for how many unions watched the state of the union, slipping down from last year. 48 million people tune in across 11 networks, but viewership is down from his address to the joint session of congress last february. the numbers are up from the first official address by george w. bush after the 9/11 terrorist attack. -- "as latter-day state of the union addresses g
support of the president of the united states and the government of the united states. we're moving as quickly as is possible. we're moving aggressively with all the assets available to this great government. we're saving lives and we're begin a full-scale recovery, but, put this in focus. put this in focus. there is one, one airport. the entire world is trying to get help to haiti. we're only able to land because of one apron, one apron in the airport. one taxiway. 48 aircraft on the ground a day, from all over the world. that includes the u.n. trying to resupply their people, and they were devastated. that includes that the ability to refurbish and try to get back up on its feet, the mission, 7,000 folks on the ground for some time. we were able to, and correct me, general, if i'm wrong, i believe we were able to get yesterday 17 airframes in. we have the capacity to send 700 airframes. so what i want the american people to understand is, we are here in a position of trying to help another country, and we are going by as we should their priorities. they're telling us what they wan
that he said last night, just like in the united states we respect the religious rights of a community i think the haitians are catholic, christians, and people who believe what is in their right. host: are you haitian? caller: yes, i am. i came over as a kid. we fought alongside the americans in savannah, georgia. we share it -- we shed blood for this country. what mr. robinson said last i was really offensive. -- what mr. robertson. we send money back to haiti every year. there are 55,000 families that are affected by that. it is about 24%. we said about $2 billion every year. we pay our taxes and are good citizens. you can see by looking at the people like wyclef jean, the guy playing basketball, the political director of the white house. we are contributing to society. host: much money do you personally send back? is that nationwide how much patience brink -- send back to haiti? -- is that how much haitians send back? caller: myself i collect money from people for political education and civil society groups. four times a week i do training via skype to organizations. we are all doin
. some of them got trained here in the united states. so you don't declare war against these countries and say that we have to go in and start bombing pakistan and bombing afghanistan and bombing yemen. they happen to be there. that's true. but they're there because we stimulate them. we follow them to the hands of osama bin laden by us going there and causing people to get some angry, it helps his recruiting efforts. he's written about this. he has said this. he says i want the americans to go over here and bankrupt their country and besides, it will help myr recruiting efforts. >> larry: tomorrow night mike he kel chertoff will be with us. will it shift attention away from health care he reform and other issues? we'll talk about that after the break. than a comparable honda civic. this chevy traverse has better mileage than honda pilot. the all-new chevy equinox has better mileage than honda cr-v. and chevy malibu has better mileage than accord. however, honda does make something that we just can't compete with. it's self propelled. chevy. compare us to anyone and may the best car wi
for an explanation. he has no similarity to bin laden but he doesn't feel safe traveling in the united states. in a statement f.b.i. said the artist wasn't able to find suitable features, features in the updated image came from a photograph they found on the internet. in another case we're watching, the army psychiatrist accused in the shooting rampage should have been red flagged a long time ago. inquiry finds fault with eight supervisors that should have known about the shortcomings and erratic behavior of nidal hasan. they want an effective means to identify. investigators say several mid-level officers failed to look into his work habits and views on religion. officials characterized the shootings as an act of terrorism the first time they used that term. >> julie: thank you very much. all it takes is a text message to help out in haiti. more than half a million people have so far sent ten dollars to the red cross relief efforts. if you would like to support the effort, text the word haiti to this number, 90999. your ten dollars will automatically go to the red cross for disaster relief.
. thank you so much. >> reporter: in the meantime, back in the united states, obviously a lot of concern for the many families with loved ones in haiti. right now, one college campus is awaiting word on information about a group of students and faculty in haiti when the earthquake struck. twelve students from lynn university in south florida were on a humanitarian mission to distribute food and clothing and visit orphanages so far. the school has received word that parents have heard five students are safe. other parents who have yet to hear anything at all are trying to remain hopeful. >> a real loving person, it was something the school was offering, she really wanted to do it, she felt like it was a good cause and wanted to go on this trip. i talked to her sunday night and she was very upbeat, saying she had to get up at the crack of dawn, and looked on her facebook post, she always posts something there, it said it's 36 degrees and i'm out to save the world. >> the tight -- title of this course was journey for hope, haiti, and that's what we've got, we're hopeful. we know these stude
and as they do, they know they'll have a friend in the united states of america, mr. president, thank you for giving me the chance to serve. >> thank you. >> first, i want to thank president obama for asking president bush and me to do this and for what i believe has been a truly extraordinary response on the part of the american government. because i've been working for nearly a year as the u.n. special envoy, i've been in constant touch with our people through the u.n. on the ground and the u.n. lost a lot our people there, the largest loss of life in a single day. the united states has been there from the beginning. the military has been great, the response by the state department has been great. i just can't say enough about it. and people in haiti know it. i'm grateful. secondly, i'd like to thank president bush for agreeing to do this. and for the concern he showed for haiti. before this happened, my foundation worked with the people on the aids problem in haiti and i saw how good they were and what they did and how many lives they saved. finally, let me say that i don't have to rea
-au-prince right now. the capital of haiti. planes from the united states, as well as from china, from france and spain landed at the airport, bringing water, which is desperately needed in that country. food and medicine, along with search and rescue teams. while aid workers say there's no system in place, certainly no government in place to get that aid to the people. you're looking at the pictures right now of the situation today. the international red cross meanwhile is estimating right now the number has gone down from yesterday, only -- only -- 45,000 to 50,000 people dead in this earthquake. with another 3 million people in need of emergency relief. here in washington, our nation's capital, president obama promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort and announced $100 million in aid to the victims of the earthquake. >> to the people of haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken. you will not be forgotten. in this, your hour of greatest need, america stands with you. the world stands with you. >> president obama also called on former presidents george w.
learned the united states military is now distributing first aid in a massive effort to help haiti. the situation there is growing more desperate by the minute. but the race to get aid inside haiti is being complicated by major obstacles, most notably, the lack of infrastructure, the death toll now estimated at 50,000 to 100,000 by some aid groups, u.n. peacekeepers say more security will be needed as people grow increasingly desperate. >>> the opponent gone announced today as many as 10,000 troops will be on the ground there by monday. 40 search and rescue teams from around the world are on the ground already. >>> friends and relatives are digging with bare hands to help rescue their loved ones. survivors are flooding the airport, hoping to get a flight out. 450 americans have already been evacuated. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. let's get right to those breaking developments coming out of haiti. president obama is expected to make a statement any moment from the diplomatic reception room. see the platform, podium there for him on the response to the crisis. nbc
now. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." but first, breaking news. a dramatic story unfolding in haiti right now. a little girl has been found alive after four days under a collapsed day-care center. but she's trapped. she's trapped underneath tons of rubble. our anderson cooper is on the scene for us. anderson, set the scene for us. tell us what we know. >> reporter: well, what we know is somebody is trapped alive underneath this rubble, wolf. we don't know exactly who it is. there is a number of families here who believe that their loved one might be trapped. there is a little girl named laika who is 10 years old. her mother is the one who originally stopped these fire personnel from l.a. county fire department, l.a. county search and rescue. they were driving down the street, they're in control of this sector. they're responsible for searching rubble and debris in this secretarier y er sector i. they were stopped by a woman who was depond espondent saying her daughter was trapped alive inside
vote in the united states senate. >> what is the next move if you only have 59 senators? >> health care mind be dead. >> sean: voters are choosing who will fill the seat left vacant by the late ted kennedy. >> it's the pooh people's seat. >> -- >> things will wrap up at 8:00 tonight. the polls in massachusetts are closed and the republicans returns are pouring in. scott brown the republican will win the massachusetts special election. >> i just off the phone with scott brown. i've offered him my congratulations. >> this does change everything. >> this in many ways a national referendum. >> an election that will shock the political world and have reverberations all around washington. >> time to end business as usual. >> what happened here in mass mats can happen all over america! -- here in massachusetts, can happen all over america! >> sean: we are one day removed from the shot heard round the world the stunning come from behind victory by republican scott brown in the massachusetts special election. the sweeping victory by the gop in the bluest of blue states no doubt has democrats acr
in the next hour the faa has put a ground stop on all flights going from the united states into haiti. in the bottom box, we are now letting that former president bill clinton and george w. bush have agreed to team up and held the haiti relief effort in much the same way that clinton and george h.w. bush teamed up for tsunami and other world relief programs. and breaking right now we have brand new pictures coming into "the live desk." this is new video of the exact moment the 7.0 quake hit. first you will see the camera shake. keep your eye to the left-hand side of the screen. you can see the row of houses starts to crumble like dominoes. from left-to-right sending out the cloud of smoke. you can see in the street there people are running down the street. as we get more video like this into "the live desk" it is coming in fast and furious. we will show it to you here. that is at the very moment of the quake. alisyn: help is on the way. the president announcing the u.s. is sending money. at this hour rescue and relief crews from around the world are scrambling. the state department is
the quartet was involved, the quartet being the united states, russia, the u.n., and the european union, was to try and see if we could help in any way to unlock this difficult situation. it was really no thanks to my efforts or indeed the quartets that they decided the first step in what he wanted to do was to withdraw from gaza. and that was a momentous decision. and at the time perceived to be full of hope. it was a time when, as you recall, the million plus people in gaza were negotiated with in terms of the withdrawal and the 7,000 or so israelis that were there largely involved in hot house production were given the opportunity or rather were encouraged to leave, including leaving the hot houses. but the bottom line of it was that essentially there was to be this withdrawal and the israelis were to leave and one way or another we raised a bit of money to pay the owners of the hot houses to leave them there and there was for a time production by the palestinians in those houses. the hope was that that wulled -- would be an industry that would allow for an income in the area and for
's actually owed. if you examine the revenue streams of the united states, it jumps out at you. that we're collecting about 80% or even somewhat less than that of what's actually owed.he money that was actually owed under the current rates, we'd be doing very well. we'd have offshore tax havens, abusive tax shelters, a tax gap, a difference between what's owed and what's paid and we have a tax system that is completely out of date. we have a tax system that was designed at a time we did not have to be worried about the competitive position of the united states. now we do. the world has changed and our revenue system has not kept pace. instead it is hemorrhaged with offshore tax havens costing us, according to the permanent subcommittee on investigations, over $100 billion a year in lost revenue. if anyone doubts a a pro-ration of offshore tax havens, i would ask them to google offshore hacks havens. we did that last year and got over a million hits including my favorite, live offshore tax free by putting your funds in offshore tax havens. mr. president, the reality is this, with we have
, it's affect on the people of haiti. the united states is offering our full assistance to haiti and others in the region. we will be providing civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered, their families, and their loved ones. >> all right. we're going to bring in on the phone now luke renner who is a had yumanitarian worker just li off the haitian capital. what can you tell us about what you have seen, what do you know about the situation there? >> well, just to clarify, i'm about 90 miles north of the capital. we did feel the earthquake. we felt all of the aftershocks, but we haven't experienced the same damage that port-au-prince has. i've been trying all night long to get in touch with our colleagues on the ground in port-au-prince. the entire phone system here is completely down. communicationwise, the backbone of haiti is basically a prepaid cell phone system, and from all indications, that's just completely been obliterated, so what we've been doing is tracking with our colleagues and coworkers and
hatched outside the united states, and then accomplished against the united states. it's the worst attack in the history of this country. so what are we doing? this is a public relations gimmick to try him in a civilian court. >> because the art i get some have made is if he's found guilty, the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11, if a civilian court finds him guilty, a criminal court before the whole world watching, he's sentenced to death, and executed, that would be for the world, for america's reputation as a recruiting tool against clade, much better than if a military court were to do the same thing. i see you're smiling, but the argument -- you wouldn't have all the benefits that he would have in a civilian court. >> that's not going to make a darned bit of difference to the terrorists who want to kill us or murder us. it is going to cut off questioning and intelligence as it did on christmas day. finally, all of that will mean nothing, because the president of the united states and the attorney general have very unprecedented way announced he's going to be found guilty. so his conv
realizes the icpd goals. this is a journey that the obama administration and the united states government will travel with you. but we need to travel quickly because we only have five years to meet our original goals. for the health statistics that i just mentioned, they point to the a broader impact. there's a direct connection between a woman's ability to plan her family, space her pregnancies and give birth safely and her ability to get an education, work outside the home, support her family and participate fully in the life of her community. when a girl becomes a mother before she becomes literate, when a woman gives birth alone and is left with a permanent disability, when a mother toils daily to feed her large family but cannot convince her husband to agree to contraception, these struggles represent suffering that can and should be avoided. they represent potential that goes unfulfilled, and they also represent are an opportunity to extend critical help to women worldwide and the children who depend on them. investing in the health of women, adolescents and girls is not only the ri
that create jobs right here in the united states of america. >> oh, you know, i'm like that at ball game sometimes. i don't want to stand up for every pitch either. and the small businesses in this country that create jobs, not to mention the small business owners, most republicans apparently against them, too. >> i'm proposing that we take $30 billion of the money wall street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat.ç >> just about every week the federal reserve now giving out a list of the small community banks which have failed and folded, but not the massive banks that were deemed too big to fail. when the president called for getting some of their bailout money back, republicans were seemingly against that, too. >> but if these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need. >> in the republican response virginia governor mcdonnell and some people standing around him saying we are blessed here in resources and we must
condition. but there is such a connection between the united states and haiti that there is a lot of americans here who are trying to get out. >> cnn's anderson cooper. there you see him on the scene trying to rescue a little girl. anderson, we hope they do rescue her and if there is any development, we'll get back to you. appreciate it. food aid is starting to reach the people who need it the most. our karl penhaul is port-au-prince and he joins us now. what is the scene now. >> reporter: as night falls, in fact, the aid operations stop. certainly those that are backed by the united nations, because they have very strict security guidelines, and, of course, this is one of the problems that the united nations who has its peacekeeping force here are very mindful, very worried about, the potential breakout of violence and also general chaos associated with that food distribution. now earlier on, as you know, because we were talking at the time, we saw an american helicopter swooping down, about ten feet off the ground and dumped boxes of aid off the side on to the ground there. that
is the president of the united states. he has now been introduced by martha coakley and hoping to boost in this venue, pretty energized largely democratic crowd here in boston, mass. -- massachusetts. the special election will be held on tuesday and it could alter the equation on capitol hill when it comes to health care reform. much of which is now being ironed out in conference committee with the president himself trying to broker a deal between the house and senate version. here is the president of the united states, on sunday. that is quite a cheering crowd for martha coakley and the president of the united states. let's listen in for just a moment here. [ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >>> househeougat is oe mpbys [ cheers and applause ] >>> the great senior senator from this, i know where we are. massachusetts, john kerry! [ applause ] >> i want to thank vicky kennedy and the entire kennedy family. they have been great friends for so long. [ applause ] >> for all the outstanding members of congress who are in the house today, thank you. we are so thankful to pastor
've made about muslim jihadist infiltration into the united states is going to prove to be the biggest story of 2009 and frankly, obama's term in office. >> jon: judy. >> i think that the phenomenon of home grown radicalization will be certainly the national security story of 2009. i have to agree with you, jim. >> jon: all right. you're jumping a little bit ahead of us because we're going to get into that. ellis, your take on president obama and his year just completed. >> well, it reminds you that a really huge story one year can produce an almost as huge story the second year. you know, we're finding this out. it's too soon to have real perspective on it, but you do have to say from the noble to the war issues to the health care issue all of that goes back to january 2 and back to november as well. >> jon: cal? >> well, look, the expectations levels were so high coming in, i think he's coming down to earth. people are realizing even in the media he's a human being with if not feet of clay then certainly not feet of iron. >> jon: what about the white house handling of the press c
with the big dog, united states navy. they have resupply ships that can come in. they can stay there for a long time. >> indefinitely. >> suspect you'll see it there a long time with doctors being changed out as i said, these doctors we have there are critical to the base care back in the united states. i would suspect many military families, as we did during katrina, will be referred to local civilian hospitals because of the impact of all these doctors. >> well, there are a lot of doctors on board, a lot of equipment. this alone cannot meet all the medical needs. >> absolutely. visualize this as a level-one trauma center. helicopters pick people up for immediate care to go there to get sustaining care. they might stay on that ship a few days until they can move them on and move them to sustained medical care. it's like a moving emergency room that can take care of a large amount of patients, stabilize them, and move them to a place where they can recover. >> a reminder to our viewers, you are watching a live picture of the "usns comfort" leaving from baltimore, maryland, heading to haiti. it
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